Blogoween

Spooky time (AKA Halloween) is undoubtedly the best time of year! From the pumpkins, and generally spooky aesthetic, to the cheap candy and decorations. But not only that, Halloween means that Christmas is just round the corner – also a great time of year! Therefore, I was incredibly excited when the amazing, spooky queen RachelReadIt tagged me in the Blogoween challenge! I decided to follow the same prompt she did as it looked the most fun! However, you’ll have to bear in mind that I’m not a big horror fan so the books are my on interpretations of the prompt rather than anything truly scary. Feel free to join in & embrace the spooky!

There are some rules (All in good fun, of course!):

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Witch: A Magical Character or Book.

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

For this prompt, I think I’d choose the Rebel of the Sands trilogy by Alwyn Hamilton as it is packed full of magic and magical characters of all different types and persuasions. It’s set in a world filled with magical people and creatures, from djinni to demdji, at a time where magic is both feared and coveted. Although it must also be said that the writing and world building itself is pretty magical all on its own – not even mentioning how pretty the covers are!

 

Frankenstein: A Book that Truly Shocked You.

The Teacher by Katerina Diamond

I picked this book up on a complete whim, having absolutely no idea what it was about, and was more than pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It is essentially a detective story set in Exeter centring around a spate of murders and suicides, all connected, with no apparent cause. Going into the story you expect it to be fairly straightforward but instead there are so many flashbacks and twists that you’re constantly on the edge of your seat wondering how it could all possibly be connected. Luckily this is only the first of four books so you can continue to follow Detectives Grey and Miles through even more dangerous and addictive stories.

 

Werewolf: The Perfect Book to Read at Night.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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I’m a bit of a scaredy cat at night time and definitely won’t read or watch anything super creepy for fear the ghosts might get me!! I think the perfect book to read at night is something with a bit of spookiness or a nice dark atmosphere – something that’s more thriller than horror.  ‘Stalking Jack the Ripper’ is perfect for this. It’s got a bit of spookiness and underlying dread with just a dash of whodunit as well as some fun, relaxed scenes to give you a bit of reprieve. It’s a good, fast paced, book that follows Audrey Rose through not only, as the title suggests, her hunt for the mysterious Jack the Ripper who’s haunting the streets of London but also her navigation of life as a Victorian lady and her dream of being a medical examiner at a time when a lady of her standing would be forbidden from pursuing such a career. This is also part of a series that follows Audrey, and her partner Thomas Cresswell, through various adventures with famous historical figures such as Houdini and Dracula.

 

The Devil: A Dark, Evil Character.

Riko Moriyama from The ‘All For The Game’ Trilogy by Nora Sakavic

Now this is a character for whom there is little redemption to be had! I rarely feel complete hatred for a character but I make a complete exception for Riko. He’s a psychopath and a sadist who happily abuses, tortures and straight up murders anyone he’s not particularly fond of – so a great person overall. He makes life hell for every single character in the series but luckily gets his comeuppance (could still have happened sooner in my opinion). Pretty much every character in this book is deeply messed up so to stand out as being so damned awful is honestly a major achievement.

 

Grim Reaper: A Character that Should Never Have Died.

Noah Czerny (Chair-nee) from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Steifvater

My poor baby Noah! So sweet, so young and so adorable! I mean he was dead the entire time we knew him (Ghost rep ftw) but he’s just so pure and kind – plus an amazing secret keeper. Noah wasn’t just murdered, he also sacrificed himself for the good of all his friends so that they could survive, meet each other and live long and happy lives even if it meant he could never really do any of these things. He loves glitter and was once thrown out of a window (while dead) and despite believing himself to be a coward he was actually one of the bravest characters in the whole book. My love for the smudgy boy is eternal and while his death was necessary it was certainly not fair!

 

Zombie: A Book that Made You “Hungry” for More.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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This book is incredibly hard to describe from its characters, writing style, chronology and worldbuilding but safe to say it is an absolutely breathtaking read. The way Morgenstern describes locations is phenomenal and places your experience right at the heart of the story – through the scents and colours you almost feel as if you’re there. While this is happening a story about two young magicians is unfolding with such slow, careful precision that you almost don’t notice your progression through the story. In a sense, the story ends exactly where it should but that doesn’t negate the ache that comes upon reaching the climax and the intense need to know just a little bit more of what happens afterward regarding both the characters and the circus’ fates.  I feel like this book doesn’t get anywhere near the hype it deserves and even worse… doesn’t get a sequel!

 

Gargoyle: A Character that You Would Protect at All Costs.

Richard Campbell Gansey III from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Steifvater

I know I’ve already mentioned ‘The Raven Cycle’ but I just can’t resist – Gansey is basically the mum of his friendship group and wants to protect everyone close to him but so desperately needs protecting from his honourable intentions. While he may be the protective mum friend, he’s still technically been dead twice so undoubtedly has made some less than selfish ideas that landed him in some unsavoury situations. Plus he’s such an awkward, noble and obsessive gangly boy so he deserves eternal protection and happiness from fates judgements.

 

Vampire: A Book that Sucked the Life Out of You.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This was a very difficult read but it was never made to be a light and fluffy read – it’s scary in its own way. It is such an important book that gives great insight to a very common, and very current, situation in the USA. While this book did suck the life out of me, it did it in a way that matters and I certainly don’t ever regret reading it. Starr’s story is a perspective that could be all too familiar to a great many people – having to do something because it is right, not because it is necessarily good for you and especially not something that can ever be easy. Read this book!

 

Mummy: A Book You Would Preserve Throughout Time.

Check, Please!: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

Check Please, on the other hand, is much more light and fluffy. It originated as an online comic (which is available online in its entirety for free) and has now been widely released as a book! I was so excited when it was announced and even more ecstatic when I actually got my hands on it. It also gives me a reason to reread the whole thing which is never a downside! It’s a book about hockey, obviously, but is also about sexuality, relationships and most importantly…Baking!! So I’d preserve it through time because it’s just so cheerful and loving and sooo beautifully drawn (Unbearably cute!!).

 

Creepy Doll: A Cover too Scary to Look At.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

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This cover is incredibly creepy, not so creepy it’s unbearable, but in a very beautiful and intriguing way. It’s creepy enough to draw you in, make you want to know more and the title cinches it – you can’t resist! Cas kills the dead, just like his father, before he was killed by a ghost he himself wished to eliminate, and travels the country following folk tales and hunting the dead. He hears stories of a ghost known as ‘Anna Dressed in Blood’ who kills anyone who enters the home in which she was murdered and prepares to execute her but things take a turn. She could kill him but instead she chooses to spare his life. I mean a murderous ghost wearing a dress literally dripping in blood…sounds like the perfect spooky read!! More terrifying, murderous women & ghosts please!

 

Ghost: A Book that Still Haunts You.

The Morganville Vampire Series by Rachel Caine

I was very much into this series at the height of the vampire literary craze, and surprisingly still love it long afterwards. This may very well be the longest series I own, standing at fifteen books and a compilation of short stories featuring all of the different characters. It is very much a series about a small town dominated by a ruling class of vampires but also features ghosts, a strange vampire plague, a reciprocal societal relationship between vampire protectors and humans as well a form of possessive water spirit called the draug. So while it is a long series, there is plenty of excitement and variety that ensures you follow it through to the end! I have reread this series numerous times and am extremely tempted to start it all over again (ignoring my ever growing TBR) so needless to say its storylines and characters have certainly haunted me through the years since I last picked up the books.

 

Demon: A Book that Really Scared You.

Night of the Living Dummy/ Say Cheese and Die/ The Horror at Camp Jellyjam

As I said previously, I really don’t read that many creepy or horror type books so I’ve never really been scared by a book. However, when I was younger I was a big fan of the Goosebumps book and these three in particular used to haunt me. I mean who isn’t a bit creeped out by ventriloquist’s dummies. Plus the smile of the camp counsellor on the front of Camp Jellyjam was also extremely creepy and totally great at encouraging me to dislike any form of camping. The books were made to be creepy, and they certainly succeeded, so there is probably an entire generation wandering around with parts of these books haunting them in one way or another.

 

Skeleton: A Character You Have a Bone to Pick With.

Literally every single character in ‘A Simple Favour’ By Darcey Bell

Words can never truly describe my dislike for every single character in this book, and yes I am including the children, who have not a single redeeming quality between them. They are all just so awful. Yes, I know it’s a story that’s meant to be filled with complex characters whose motives you can never really work out but my god. It seems like every single character is either a sociopath or severely stupid. I’m not even going to discuss the ending – if you could call it that. I read it because I was trying to branch out with genre and the trailer for the film looked amazing and it did not end well for me.  I just can’t with this book, honestly.

 

The Monster Mash

It’s Fun to Be with Friends on Halloween!

Tag Your Friends!

 

Thanks for reading! Make sure to let me know what you think!!

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